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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Loyola's exercise science lab is new setting for education, evaluation

Program is integral to prevention of disease and disability

Loyola University Chicago’s exercise science lab opening

Loyola University Chicago’s exercise science lab opening

Dean Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN (left) cuts ceremonial ribbon alongside Stephanie Wilson, MPT, Director of the Exercise Science Program, at grand opening of Loyola University Chicago’s exercise science lab

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago’s exercise science lab,  which opened today on the school’s Lake Shore Campus, is both a classroom for traditional instruction and a state-of-the-art facility lab area for measuring and assessing performance.

Located on the 11th floor of BVM Hall, 6364 N. Sheridan Rd., overlooking Lake Michigan, the new lab features treadmills, exercise bikes and a metabolic cart that assesses the body’s physiological response to exercise. This device measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production at rest and during exercise. At rest, the cart can measure resting energy expenditure, which allows for the precise calculation of energy expenditure. The cart can also measure energy expenditure during exercise as well as maximal oxygen consumption, the gold standard measure of aerobic work capacity. The data obtained can be useful to both clinical stress-testing assessments and endurance exercise performance evaluations.

“The lab offers students the latest in exercise science technology along with greater space and flexibility,” said Stephanie Wilson, MPT, director of Loyola’s Exercise Science program. “The lab also will serve as a center for research in exercise science.”

Loyola’s bachelor’s degree in exercise science prepares students for careers in health and exercise-related fields. Through coursework and hands-on experience, students develop skills in assessing health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness evaluations, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions and motivating individuals to adopt positive lifestyle behaviors for optimal health. Students also receive education on the assessment, design and implementation of individual and group exercise and fitness programs for both healthy individuals and those with controlled disease.

“Exercise science programs will become increasingly important to improve the health of our population,” Wilson said. “Resources such as Loyola’s exercise science lab will be integral to educate students to help prevent disease and disability.”

Reporters interested in testing the exercise-science equipment may call Nora Dudley at 708.216.6268.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.